Uncovering the Cost Of Cozumel Scuba Diving
By Dennis Anderson
At Villa Deja Blue, we help travelers enjoy Cozumel snorkeling in a relaxing atmosphere leveraging information from our experience living on Cozumel Island.
Cozumel diving provides many good options. Most shops charge approximately $90 for two tank dives with marine park fees and equipment rental included in the fee.
Salty Endeavors offers a paperless dive shop experience to make booking your dives online easier than ever before arriving to Cozumel. Upload a photo of your diving certification and fill out all paperwork online in order to save time.
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Cozumel is one of the best places in the world to learn to dive, with crystal-clear waters, an extensive reef system and plenty of marine life to experience. Additionally, this Caribbean island has an extensive hyperbaric chamber to treat accidents promptly and safely.
The Open Water Course is the initial step toward becoming a certified diver. It equips students with all of the skills needed for diving with another experienced dive buddy in depths no greater than 18 meters/60 feet in conditions and depths that don’t exceed 18 meters/60 feet. Furthermore, CPR and First Aid certification is included so they are prepared in case anything goes amiss while diving.
This three to four day course is tailored specifically towards people wanting to learn how to scuba dive and experience Cozumel’s stunning marine life. Classroom sessions cover safety and theory aspects of diving; six dives (tanks) from either shore or boat will round off this experience.
Cost of an Open Water Course will depend on which company and number of students in your class. This price typically includes lessons, all necessary diving equipment and materials as well as temporary certification cards from PADI; marine park entrance fees; as well as applicable taxes.
Cozumel is best visited between December and March for prime diving conditions with bull sharks, Cenote dives, eagle rays and tropical fish sightings; however, diving remains excellent throughout the year; July through October is hurricane season so make sure to purchase travel insurance as part of any travel plans to Cozumel.
Cozumel offers plenty of activities on a budget for travelers to enjoy. From snorkeling tours and beach swimming to relaxing on the sand and sunbathing, there is something here that fits any budget. Cozumel Marine Park features many beginner-friendly dive sites; here you may also see sea turtles or stingrays; snorkel equipment can typically be rented daily from dive centers at about USD15.
If you want an unforgettable Cozumel and neighbor island experience, consider joining a scuba diving tour with a local operator. Scuba tours tend to be significantly less costly than taking full day tours into national parks while still giving plenty of time for you to discover its reefs and marine life.
The Sea of Cortez is an aquatic paradise for divers. Jacque Cousteau even famously described it as the “Aquarium of the World”, as its clear waters boast spectacular coral and nudibranch habitat as well as fish species of all shapes and sizes.
Staying a week on a liveaboard is an ideal way to explore the Sea of Cortez, reaching spots you wouldn’t normally reach on daily dives and offering comfort and convenience onboard boats like Socorro Vortex and Aggressor fleet – among many others! Booking can be done online or with travel agent assistance; typically prices include airport transfers, diving excursions and meals in addition to any additional charges such as for Nitrox tanks which may incur an extra cost.
Cozumel is the largest of three islands that make up the Meso-American Barrier Reef system, and is widely recognized for its diving. Here you’ll find breathtaking corals with an abundance of marine life; making this an excellent spot for divers of all skill levels – from those looking to try diving for the first time all the way up to experienced divers with more than 100 dives under their belts.
Cozumel offers exceptional scuba diving opportunities during its shoulder season between late April and early May, when temperatures are at their most comfortable. But its water remains warm year-round, ensuring excellent diving experiences no matter when or where you visit!
Single tank dives typically range between USD$40 and US$60, depending on the type and number of people in your group, including all equipment, taxes and tips. Two-tank dives tend to cost more, yet remain an affordable way to explore Cozumel’s best offerings.
Palancar Caves is one of the world’s premier dive destinations, boasting tunnels, caverns and massive buttresses in an intricate maze reminiscent of an underwater maze. Ideal for intermediate divers and suitable for exploring marine life as well as admiring impressive statues such as Christ, Chacmol (Mayan god of rain), and Virgen Mary – this site provides divers with a wealth of underwater experiences!
Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park, just a short taxi ride from Cozumel’s cruise pier, is another fantastic option. A tropical paradise filled with things to do from sunbathing on the beach to admiring marine life and learning about Mexico’s rich history at one of their many attractions like botanical gardens, Mayan houses with handmade tortilla samples for tasting purposes, tequila exhibits with samples and eco-archeological and prehispanic replicas, swimming pools and much more are available there.
Two-tank dives offer an ideal way to explore Cozumel’s breathtaking underwater scenes and marine life, and are usually led by professional dive masters for 45-60 minutes. You will have ample opportunity to explore various parts of the dive site while getting acquainted with your equipment for future dives.
At Cozumel, divers will come face-to-face with an incredible range of marine species on every dive. Stingrays, nurse sharks, manta rays, sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins can often be spotted here; you might also spot spotted eagle rays as well as large game fish such as sailfish or marlin!
Cozumel reefs boast impressive coral formations that have been extensively documented by marine scientists, such as Jacques Cousteau. These world-class reefs boast up to 200 feet of visibility with crystal clear blue water.
Coral formations teem with all sorts of marine life including lobsters, crabs, and wrasse fish; making this area one of the premier snorkeling spots in the Caribbean. Furthermore, this location boasts rock outcroppings with stingrays, puffer fish, and spotted moray eels, not to mention beautiful crevices filled with colorful reef fish and banded cleaner shrimp – an extremely popular location.
Cozumel is a world-class vacation destination thanks to its warm tropical waters and vibrant coral reef. Situated just 12 miles off Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast, Cozumel draws snorkelers and scuba divers from across the world for snorkeling or scuba diving activities; additionally it makes an ideal setting for romantic getaways, bachelor or bachelorette parties or just relaxing vacations with friends.
Cozumel accommodation costs can range from guesthouses and modern, yet inexpensive youth hostels, all the way up to luxurious resort hotels and villas with world-class scuba diving and snorkeling, luxurious amenities and fine dining – the ideal combination! It makes an excellent destination for anyone seeking to combine diving and dining pleasures into one vacation spot.
Luxury hotels frequently provide all-inclusive meal plans, providing peace of mind that your three daily meals will be taken care of without needing to pay extra for beverages (which can sometimes be quite pricey at beach clubs).
Flying to Cozumel may not be as expensive as traveling elsewhere, but flight costs still may add up depending on when and from where you depart. Flight prices usually decrease during low season so check flight prices from your home airport for Cozumel before making plans to visit this beautiful island nation.
On average, we estimate most travelers will spend about $1,345 during a seven-night trip in Cozumel. This figure covers accommodation, food, travel and activities expenses – though please bear in mind this estimate may be an overestimate since you won’t necessarily do planned activities on every single day of your vacation! To save money when booking in low season and selecting a budget hotel located further from main tourist spots.
Be sure to book your trip with Villa Deja Blue and enjoy your stay on the beautiful island of Cozumel.